July 21, 2008
Butler assistant men's soccer coach David Costa finished off a busy summer by leading Carmel United to the 2008 U. S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week U-15/16 Championship. The Indiana squad defeated PDA of New Jersey, 1-0, in the title game at Glenn "Mooch" Mynerick Field at the U. S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., on Saturday, July 19.
Costa served as head coach for the U-15/16 Carmel United team, which finished the summer season with a 25-2-7 record. The team was unbeaten in 16 straight games heading into Finals Week, and then finished off the title run with four consecutive victories in California.
A. J. Corrado of Zionsville scored in the 52nd minute to give Carmel United the title match victory over PDA. He received the ball near the top of the box and then cut inside where he slipped a shot past PDA goalkeeper Rafael Diaz and into the bottom right corner of the net for the eventual game-winner.
The title match brought an end to the inaugural season of the Development Academy, begun by U. S. Soccer to provide the best possible environment to develop players and to provide a closer connection to the U. S. national teams programs. The Development Academy divided the nation into eight leagues of eight teams each. Carmel United posted the best record of the 64 teams involved this year.
Costa will begin his third season on the staff of Butler head coach Kelly Findley this fall. The Bulldogs return all 11 starters from last year's squad, which posted a 9-7-4 record and tied for fourth place in the Horizon League.